Testing and Endurance

It is common for me to multi task and with many irons in the fire, I forget that the sink is overflowing while the steaks are burning! The content of James chapter one was changed herein that I may claim the scripture and apply it to myself. “I consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever I face trials of many kinds, because I know that the testing of my faith produces perseverance. I let perseverance finish its work so that I may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. When I lack wisdom, I ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and He gives wisdom to me.  But when I ask, I must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That doubting person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. A person who doubts God is double-minded and unstable in all they do” Our personal condition of holiness depends on our courageous confession of all that is unholy in our lives. As all who proclaim the name of Jesus, we desire to be found worthy as we look to hasten our Lord’s return.

“For we are the temple of the living God. (the Holy Spirit abides within us) As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore, “Come out from them (the unrepentant sinners) and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” and, I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 6:16-chapter 17 NIV -God stated His promise that He would be a Father to all of us who fulfill His conditions. First condition: Come apart from the unbelievers and do not touch that which is unclean and God will receive me. Derek Prince gives us examples of how it is easy to touch that which is unclean. One way is to fill our minds and spirit with vile content within movies and music. While watching your favorite mystery or TV series, imagine the Holy Spirit as a Person sitting next to you. Would He approve, or would He get up and walk out? Our mental attitude and the content of our hearts is dramatically impacted by what we hear and see. Be vigilant about discerning what is good and evil. Be aware that the Prince of the air uses all sorts of media to gain new followers. Ask yourself “What have I innocently been exposing my spirit to?” Consider that the field is full of imposters. How can we tell who are Wheat and Tares when they look alike? https://amazed2017.com/2021/02/28/the-lion-wins/

Whatever we allow into our minds will edify our spirit or defile our spirit. The Word of God warns us to guard our minds as we capture every thought and allow it, or rebuke it. (Phil 4:6 and Proverbs 4:23) “Guard your heart with all your strength for everything there is in life comes out of it.” IF you want a good life, have a good heart, have a pure heart, have a wholly confessed holy heart. Many things God takes care of for us, but we are responsible to “be holy as I am holy”. To accomplish this we must humbly confess our sins to one another so that our Father will heal us. Let us cleanse ourselves of: unholy thoughts, unholy actions, anger, swearing, sexual perversions, and a filthy spirit which holds onto bitterness and revenge. Our motivation for being holy is in our looking forward to the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus. Our Father knows us inside and out, therefore, He asks that we seek Him with all of our mind, and with all of our heart and soul. It is wise to prepare our hearts before we ask God for His kingdom to come unto us as it is in heaven. We can expect our faithful Father to deliver His holy, perfect justice.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see Him as He is. All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure.” John 3:1-3 NIV Listen to Derek Prince humbly confess how he has personally struggled with what the Holy Spirit revealed in him. Derek explains how we can hasten the coming of the Lord. https://youtu.be/ZANf57k9y0M?t=1155

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